Event monitoring integrates service faults, operations and maintenance (O&M) events, and business exceptions. It provides event statistics by service, level, name, and application group to facilitate resource association and fault review. You can configure notification recipients and notification methods for custom events to prevent key events from being ignored. The event details help you locate faults.

Important The custom event feature will no longer be available from September 14, 2024.

System events of Alibaba Cloud services

The event monitoring feature provides a centralized platform that allows you to query system events that are generated for different Alibaba Cloud services and view event statistics. This allows you to track the use of Alibaba Cloud services. After you group resources by using application groups, service-related system events are automatically associated with the resources in application groups. This helps you check various monitoring information in one place and efficiently analyze and troubleshoot issues if business exceptions occur.

CloudMonitor also provides the event alert feature. You can configure alert rules based on event levels and receive alert notifications by using emails, DingTalk chatbots, or alert callbacks. This way, you can be notified of critical events immediately after they occur and handle the events in an automated online O&M process.

The event monitoring feature allows you to query service faults and O&M events. You can configure alert rules for service faults and O&M events. For more information about the system events that are supported by CloudMonitor for Alibaba Cloud services, see Overview.

Custom events

Event monitoring allows you to report events, query events, and configure alert rules for events. Event monitoring allows you to report exceptions or important changes in your business to CloudMonitor and receive alerts if exceptions occur. The following figure shows how the custom event monitoring feature works. Custom event monitoring

The following items describe the differences between event monitoring and custom monitoring:

  • The event monitoring feature is used to report, query, and trigger alerts for non-sequential data.
  • The custom monitoring feature is used to report, query, and trigger alerts for time series data that is continuously collected on a regular basis.

Alert service and automated O&M

Event monitoring provides multiple alert methods for automated O&M.
Alert method Description
Alert notification You can receive alert notifications by using emails and DingTalk chatbots.
Message Service (MNS) queue Events can be written to a queue in MNS, which can then be connected to your own O&M system.
Function Compute Events can trigger Function Compute to process subsequent O&M logic.
Alert callback CloudMonitor can push alert notifications to your existing O&M system or message notification system by sending HTTP POST requests to an Internet URL that you provide. You can perform subsequent operations based on received notifications.